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My 2 year old dog (Jack Russell/Lhasa mix) has a running nose (clear), and is experiencing sneezing in small bouts usually after waking or sniffing around outside. After 3 days of this, I took him to a vet yesterday who put him on cortisone tablets and said if he didn't perk up/appear better to bring him in for general anesthetic and exploratory nasal surgery! I can't afford the cost to do this nor does it seem worth the stress on my dog just on a hunch. He's been perfectly normal, very happy, same appetite, just with running nose and sneezing. He did reverse sneeze once on our walk today but it has been extremely windy and the air is suddenly chilly this week.
He's in constant contact with other dogs on his walks, and on the weekend we did some gardening including putting in new lawn and he possibly did inhale a lot of dust and dirt getting among everything.
Could this just be an allergy? He doesn't seem to be in discomfort, just licks his nose when it gets too runny. Hope you can help! I'm not sure what to do and I'd like to avoid exploratory surgery unless absolutely necessary! Thank you!
 

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Wow exploratory surgery?! This has only been happening for 3 days? I would have recommended benadryl to see if it helps. My dogs tend to be a bit sneezy and get runny noses from time to time after walks. Depends on where we are and the weather outside.
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Thanks, pawz for the response.

I told my husband about the vet's diagnosis and recommendation for sedation and request for exploratory inspection and he was really surprised too. It seems a really far out and unnecessary undertaking for a runny nose and sneezing, and something that has all the classic signs of plain ol' respiratory infection.

I'm in Western Australia and we've just gone from a heatwave of humid and 105ºF (41ºC) Summer days to 78ºF (26ºC) and windy practically overnight so I'm thinking the wind and sudden temperature change would be a factor too.

I'm washing his bedding, cleaning the floors, vacuuming and generally cleaning up to rule out any bugs and nasties that may be lingering around the house. Better than nothing!

We're going to keep an eye on him over the weekend and finish the course of medication and if he's still showing signs on Monday we might get a second opinion.

It's funny because I work from a home office so I see everything my dog does around the clock. There may be a lot of dogs around the place experiencing the same symptoms but many of their owners wouldn't notice because their time with their dogs are limited and they might only see a quarter of the behaviour I'm seeing first-hand. I'm glad I can be here for him anyway!
 

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I honestly think its the weather change. Even people here in arizona are battling colds/allergies because the temps are changing and the wind picks up bad from time to time. I would wait and see if he gets worse. Honestly if after the meds he still has spurts of this, I would do benadryl and see what that does :)
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I agree it seems extreme but I wonder whether the suggestion is due to environmental differences... ? Perhaps your vet is seeing something that she's not explaining well that is indicating a potential foreign body being the more likely cause... ?

Also, I wonder what an "exploratory surgery" really means... ? Does she just want to scope him?

The onset of sneezing sounds very acute to me and while I'm not sure that an "exploratory" is 100% necessary yet, I think there is part of the picture here that we are missing.

I think a second opinion is wise.
 

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Holly, the 'exploratory' part does indeed involve a scope and they need to fully anesthetize the dog in order to do this properly.

The possibility of foreign bodies were mentioned but since my dog isn't pawing at his nose or in obvious discomfort, the vet said he didn't think it was probable that my dog had 'snorted' up some grass seeds or similar. He did mention that if my dog had eaten grass then it may be possible that a blade has reversed its way up the nasal passage from the mouth, but a stretch at best.

I guess all I can do at this point is just keep an eye on him and let the meds run their course. If he is worse/in discomfort then I'm rushing him straight to the vet!
 

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Okay, so while I still think that scoping him at this point is a bit of a jump, that's more realistic than what I'd consider "an exploratory".

I still think there is a reason it was suggested because it is such a jump and you should go and get a second opinion before totally blowing it off.

FWIW.
 

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Thanks, pawz for the response.

I told my husband about the vet's diagnosis and recommendation for sedation and request for exploratory inspection and he was really surprised too. It seems a really far out and unnecessary undertaking for a runny nose and sneezing, and something that has all the classic signs of plain ol' respiratory infection.

I'm in Western Australia and we've just gone from a heatwave of humid and 105ºF (41ºC) Summer days to 78ºF (26ºC) and windy practically overnight so I'm thinking the wind and sudden temperature change would be a factor too.

I'm washing his bedding, cleaning the floors, vacuuming and generally cleaning up to rule out any bugs and nasties that may be lingering around the house. Better than nothing!

We're going to keep an eye on him over the weekend and finish the course of medication and if he's still showing signs on Monday we might get a second opinion.

It's funny because I work from a home office so I see everything my dog does around the clock. There may be a lot of dogs around the place experiencing the same symptoms but many of their owners wouldn't notice because their time with their dogs are limited and they might only see a quarter of the behaviour I'm seeing first-hand. I'm glad I can be here for him anyway!
I think that is a very wise idea to get a second opinion. I would made sure your has dog has his kennel cough vaccine kept up to date if he around other dogs a lot. I hope he will get better soon!
 

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Okay, so while I still think that scoping him at this point is a bit of a jump, that's more realistic than what I'd consider "an exploratory".

I still think there is a reason it was suggested because it is such a jump and you should go and get a second opinion before totally blowing it off.

FWIW.
Oh, I should have explained that I used the term 'exploratory surgery' as this is what my vet called the procedure involving inspection of the nasal passage with a scope. His term, not mine :) Sorry about that!
 

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An update:

Whilst improved, my boy is still experiencing clear nasal discharge, mostly when exercising and when rising from rest or getting up. Worse at night and morning.

I'm taking him in to get a second opinion from another vet tomorrow morning, and they've requested we fast him just in case he does need a scope to see whether there are any obstructions.

Thanks everyone for your feedback and comments. I'll be sure to check back and let you know what the outcome is tomorrow!
 

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An update:

Whilst improved, my boy is still experiencing clear nasal discharge, mostly when exercising and when rising from rest or getting up. Worse at night and morning.

I'm taking him in to get a second opinion from another vet tomorrow morning, and they've requested we fast him just in case he does need a scope to see whether there are any obstructions.

Thanks everyone for your feedback and comments. I'll be sure to check back and let you know what the outcome is tomorrow!
I hope everything goes OK at the vet tomorrow.
 

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Hello everyone!
I admit, I'd forgotten about keeping you updated on what happened.

My husband and I took our little guy to the vet, but not before he woke up looking perky and his usual pre-runny nose self!
The vet asked whether we wanted to go ahead with the scope to see whether there was an obstruction, we declined and said we'd give it another day, she agreed, and we went home.

We didn't need a follow up appointment. It seems it was an allergy to dust and dirt that was in our yard when we renovated the garden area. He is 100% fine now and happy, healthy and snotty nose free!

Thanks for the comments and advice. I really did appreciate it when I was worrying about what to do.

Cheers!
 
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